Officials at the Wayne National Forest are scheduled to begin conducting a nearly year-long voluntary survey today that will quiz people about the recreational activities in which they participated during their visits.
The U.S. Forest Service says it will allow fracking in the Wayne National forest. Spokesperson Anne Carey says a land and resource management plan drafted in 2006 can adequately address any damage and risks to the forest. She also says a new environmental impact study is not needed despite evidence that fracking contaminates water supplies. The service began reviewing the drilling technology and the plan after local governments and environmental groups objected to the proposed leasing of more than 3-thousand acres of mineral rights for oil and gas drilling.